LEXINGTON -- With 48 seconds left, Woburn junior forward Kayla Smith gave the Tanners all the insurance they needed on a breakaway goal against Lexington, sealing a 4-2 win in girls ice hockey action Wednesday night for the Tanners' first league win.
“At the end of the game when it went on her stick, I was pretty confident we were going to finish it,” said Tanners coach Bob MacCurtain.
The pressure is not anything new for Smith, who last scored against Lexington in the Tanners state quarterfinal victory, 3-1, nine seconds into the game.
The Tanners (5-0) remain one of the top scoring teams in the state with 31 goals.
Despite the loss, Lexington (3-2) ended the Tanners four-game shutout streak with two goals.
“It would have been nice to have a shutout, but once they got a goal we just got back at it,” Smith said.
Smith scored the third goal on a powerplay after a back and forth pass from junior defenseman Cassandra Connolly to hit high center net, 3-2.
The Minutemen took an early charge in the first period with senior forward Katy Delgreco emerging from behind the net to rocket a pass to sister Danielle Delgreco, putting the Minutemen on the board, 1-0.
But the goal fired up the Tanners and 22 seconds later the team responded with senior forward Bryana Harron tying the game, 1-1, with sophomore Ashley Moran and junior Kylee Maher on the assist. With less than a minute remaining, Lexington was unable to score in the final minute of the first, getting a wide open opportunity with Woburn's goalie out of position.
Lexington started off the second period with a slapshot goal at the 12:32 mark from senior forward Emily Wilson after changing lines, putting them up 2-1.
“We went down twice in this game and we find a way pretty instantly to get back in it,” MacCurtain said.
The Minutemen held up rock solid line of defense until a one-on-one ended up in favor of the Tanners as sophomore forward Emily Lissner snuck past Minutemen’s senior goaltender Katie Legnard, 2-2. Harron had the assist.
“We just played our hardest and make sure we were spread out and playing our positions,” Smith said.
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